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Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk to benefit therapeutic day school

Summary: The third annual Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26 at Meyers Woods, 2500 Oldfield Road in Darien. The fundraiser is held in memory of a young man who attended Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School.

Glendale Heights – For the past four years, the Lyons family has remembered their late son, Christopher, by raising money in his honor and helping kids just like him. More than 250 people attended the memorial walk a year ago, said his mother, Sue Lyons.


“Last year’s walk was again a testament to our continued journey of healing,” said Lyons, a Darien resident. “Chris always made a difference to us – but now his memory is making a huge difference for the school that changed not only his life, but ours as well.”


Christopher enrolled at the Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School when he was in seventh grade. He spent a year of high school at a Montana boarding school before returning to the therapeutic day school’s west campus in North Aurora for his senior year. Shortly after graduating in 2007, Chris was fatally struck by a train in unincorporated Will County.


That same year, his parents launched the Christopher Lyons Memorial Fund with the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation and the Christopher Lyons Memorial Walk. Since Christopher’s death, the Lyons family has raised more than $120,000 for items such as computers, sewing machines, speakers, iPods, guitars and more for the school.


Lyons said her goal is to raise enough money to provide more opportunities for expressive therapy for students.  


“What the Lyons family has done the last three years is nothing short of amazing and inspirational,” said Michelle Kallevik, executive director of the GlenOaks Hospital Foundation. “They have shown how dedication and passion can make such an enormous impact.”

Designed for children with learning disabilities and emotional and psychiatric problems, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Therapeutic Day School was founded in 1995. Elementary through high-school age students earn normal academic credits while addressing their therapeutic goals. Along with traditional individual and group therapy, the school uses recreation, pets, music and art activities with certified therapists to help with physical, social and emotional growth. There are campuses in Glendale Heights, North Aurora and Glen Ellyn.

For more information, e-mail or call (630) 545-3942. 


Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit


Media contact: Trish Reynaert, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-2354